DEPARTMENT: Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions
POSITION: Professor and Director
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 026C
PHONE: (540) 432-4401
Dr. Graber Neufeld is Professor of Biology & Director of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions.
At EMU, Doug works primarily with the Environmental Sustainability program at EMU, with a concentration in issues that relate to environmental monitoring and toxicology. He coteaches the first year "Organismal Biology" course, along with a variety of courses related to environmental issues (such as Environmental Risk and Policy, Environmental Ethics, Natural History of the Shenandoah Valley). He has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in environmental physiology, and worked at the University of Arizona and the University of Otago (New Zealand) before coming to EMU. He served a two year term with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Cambodia, were he worked on environmental issues through the Royal University of Agriculture and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. More recently, he served another two year term with MCC, as water & livelihoods advisor in Kenya, splitting his time between WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs in informal settlements (“slums”) of Nairobi, and water provision and conservation agriculture projects in ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) regions of eastern Kenya. Doug lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Cristina, and two sons, Alex and Evan. They enjoy many outdoors activities, and take as many opportunities as possible to go camping and traveling.
Doug’s research at EMU is in collaboration with students and includes projects:
- water monitoring assessing stream health in local watersheds, and the effects of stream restoration
- assessing the effectiveness of sand dams in semi-arid regions of Kenya
- assessing pesticides in market vegetables using a novel combination of techniques, and
- using zebrafish startle response as a sensitive toxicity indicator
PHD, University of Texas at Austin (Biological Sciences)
BA, Tabor College (Biology)